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GWAR has just added CLUTCH as a co-headliner to this year’s GWAR B-Q! And as if that weren’t enough to melt your pathetic mind, the B4BQ launch pre-party will now feature the entire lineup of the hard hitting Summer Slaughter Tour, who will join metal heavy weights Fear Factory and the highly awaited return of Coal Chamber!
That’s right, GWAR-B-Q has grown to include three stages of brutal music! CLUTCH will join the already stellar lineup of bands set to rock the Slaughterama Stage with the heaviest grooves on the planet.
The B4BQ started as a small gathering prior to GWAR-B-Q, but this year the event will come into its own as a full day of eardrum blasting metal madness at The National (708 E Broad St, Richmond, VA) on Friday, August 14th. The pre-party event kicks off at 2:00 PM and features Coal Chamber, Fear Factory, Arch Enemy, Born Of Osiris, Veil of Maya, The Acacia Strain, Obscura, After the Burial, Cattle Decapitation, and Beyond Creation. That’s ten bands! That’s one band for each finger to clinch together into two heavy metal fists of fury as you punch your way through the mosh pit.
Tickets to the B4BQ go on sale TODAY! June 3rd at 2:00pm EST Buy yours here: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/01004EC398BD3071
This year, all in attendance at GWAR-B-Q, Saturday, August 15th at Hadad’s Lake, will enjoy plenty of FREE GWATER! Enough food and beer will be available to kill everyone who shows up, and when it comes time to piss it all out, enjoy our 50 port-o-lets; Sleazy P. says it smells like money!! Parking for the event has been expanded and is conveniently located close to the park for ONLY $5 per vehicle. There is also FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE from locations around Richmond as well as from GWAR’s airport hotel partners! Book your rooms here: http://gwarbq.com/crashing-out .
Entry to the B4BQ and all other GWAR-B-Q events are included as part of the exclusive Premium/VIP ticket. Only 200 of the most diehard, soon-to-die fans will be allowed to secure a Premium Ticket which will be mailed to you prior to the event, so you can bypass the human scum waiting in line and be the first to experience the sweet release of death! Special VIP points of contact, along with line monitors and other staff stationed throughout GWAR B-Q, will make sure YOU get the complete VIP experience!
Premium/VIPTicket benefits include:
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AFTER THE BURIAL
BORN OF OSIRIS
THE ACACIA STRAIN
VEIL OF MAYA
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Something MISSING this way comes…
Two of the world’s most respected and influential hard rock bands Mastodon and Clutch are proud to announce THE MISSING LINK TOUR, which brings together both bands as they join forces along with special guests Graveyard and Big Business – each taking part of the tour as support.Together, this night of heavy rock will be one of the heaviest and most exciting concert events of the year.
THE MISSING LINK TOUR kicks off on April 16 in St. Paul, MN. with support provided by Big Business, who recently supported Mastodon throughout a sold-out European tour. Sweden’s Graveyard will then take over the main support slot starting in Los Angeles on April 29 for the remaining dates, closing out the tour in Columbus, OH on May 24. Tickets are on sale now.
Mastodon and Clutch share a longtime friendship as fans will recall Clutch front man Neil Fallon contributed vocals to “Blood And Thunder” (from Mastodon’s 2004’s Leviathan) so fans can expect surprises in store for fans throughout the tour rumbling across North America. THE MISSING LINK TOUR will feature full sets from both Mastodon and Clutch.
Clutch will close the show on April 24 in Vancouver, May 10 in Pittsburgh, May 15 in Bethlehem, May 16 in Baltimore and also the final night of the tour, May 24 in Columbus. Mastodon will close all other shows. For further info on Mastodon, go to: http://www.mastodonrocks.com/. For further info on Clutch go to http://www.pro-rock.com
Clutch drummer Jean-Paul Gaster had this to say about the tour.
“We are very much looking forward to our US tour with our friends in Mastodon. We always enjoy playing live but when we have the opportunity to share the stage with a band as inspiring as Mastodon we know each evening will be that much more special. See ya out there!”
Mark your calendars, as THE MISSING LINK TOUR will roll into Denver’s prestigious Red Rocks Amphitheatre on May 3, and joins the stellar line up for Atlanta’s Shaky Knee’s Festival on May 8. The New York City show will take over the celebrated Central Park Summer Stage annual concert series on May 19. General tickets on-sale now!
Mastodon were been nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance for “High Road,” from ONCE MORE ‘ROUND THE SUN. This is the band’s third Grammy nomination. The 57th Annual Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles on Feb 8.
Revered Maryland rockers Clutch have been pushing the boundaries that define heavy rock music since the 4 original members got together in high school. Clutch is an unmatched musical force that has been best described as “the quintessential American Rock Band”. Clutch released their tenth and latest studio album Earth Rocker via their own label Weathermaker Music on March 16, 2013. The album entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at #15 giving the band their highest chart position to date.
Mastodon’s sixth studio album, the universally praised, ONCE MORE ‘ROUND THE SUN, entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at the #6 position on June 24, 2014, also their highest chart debut of their career. ONCE MORE ‘ROUND THE SUN has rightfully been placed in many Year End Critics & fan BEST OF 2014 lists including those in Rolling Stone, Revolver, Magnet, Decibel, CMJand many more. At present Mastodon has remained on the CMJ Loud Rock charts for the 26th week in a row. OMRTS was placed No. 8 on Rolling Stone‘s “Top 20 Metal Albums of 2014″ list.
Clutch’s Earth Rocker reached #1 on the Rock Chart and #4 on iTunes’ overall Top 100 album chart. Earth Rocker was awarded “Album of The Year” by Metal Hammer and garnered a Top 10 spot on Rolling Stone’s “Top 20 Metal Albums of the Year”
Clutch is currently working on their follow up to Earth Rocker which will be released in 2015.
Do not miss THE MISSING LINK TOUR this spring. Confirmed dates are as follows:
*Mastodon Closes The Evening.
**Clutch Closes The Evening
Apr 16 *St. Paul, MN Myth
Apr 17 * Winnipeg, MB The Burton Cummings Theatre
Apr 18 *Saskatoon, SK O’Brian’s Events Center
Apr 19 * Edmonton, AB Expo Centre
Apr 21 * Calgary, AB MacEwan Hall
Apr 23 * Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
Apr 24 **Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
Apr 25 *Portland, OR Roseland
Apr 26 *Seattle, WA Showbox SODO
Apr 28 *Oakland, CA Fox Theater
Apr 29 *Los Angeles, CA Palladium
Apr 30 *Tempe, AZ Marquee Theater
May 01 *Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
May 02 *Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
May 03 *Denver, CO Red Rock’s Amphitheatre
May 05 *San Antonio, TX Kapone’s Ballroom
May 06 *Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
May 08 Atlanta, GA Shaky Knees Festival
May 09 *Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre Street Stage
May 10 **Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
May 12 *Clive, IA (Des Moines) 7 Flags
May 13 *Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom Club Stage
May 15 **Bethlehem, PA Sands Event Center
May 16 **Baltimore, MD Pier Six Pavilion
May 17 *Boston, MA House of Blues
May 19 *New York, NY Central Park Summerstage
May 20 *Niagara Falls, NY Rapids Theatre
May 21 *London, ON London Music Hall
May 24 **Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
Troy Sanders — Bass Guitar / Vocals
Brent Hinds — Guitars / Vocals
Bill Kelliher — Guitars
Brann Dailor — Drums / Vocals
Neil Fallon – Vocals/Guitar
Tim Sult – Guitar
Dan Maines – Bass
Jean-Paul Gaster – Drums/Percussion
2013 has been quite a year for Maryland Rockers CLUTCH. In March they released Earth Rocker, their tenth studio album. Earth Rocker was recorded, mixed and produced by Machine (King Crimson, Lamb of God) at The Machine Shop in Belleville, New Jersey. Earth Rocker garnered the band their highest Billboard Chart Number to date and was met with rave reviews and incredible fan reaction worldwide. As the year comes to a close, publications release their annual lists of the best albums, and it should be no surprise that CLUTCH‘s Earth Rocker is featured prominently in many of them, both Nationally and Internationally.
Metal Hammer UK (One of the premier international metal publications) has named Earth Rocker its #1 Album of 2013. In Classic Rock Magazine’s (UK) poll, Earth Rocker comes in at #2 Album of 2013 only behind the legendary Black Sabbath. Spain‘s Rock Zone Magazine named CLUTCH their “Band of the Year”. Sweden’s Close Up Magazine ranked Earth Rocker at #13 in their best albums of 2013 list. Earth Rocker placed highly in the top metal and rock album lists in many other publications and websites including The Village Voice, New Noise Magazine, Metal Sucks, Loudwire, Pop Matters and Noisecreep to name a few.
“We are really happy to hear that Earth Rocker has made so many best of 2013 lists. Our shows this past year have been among the biggest and best of our history. The overwhelming response from our fans both old and new has meant the most to us. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2014!” says singer Neil Fallon.
CLUTCH is currently booking a full UK tour that will start April 22 and run through May 9 in Ireland. Confirmed dates, support and tickets links will be posted shortly at
CLUTCH‘s Earth Rocker Live is now available in stores and online at the CLUTCH Merch Store. This special and limited collectors’ item is a double vinyl picture disc set. The first LP is the studio version of Earth Rocker. The second LP consists of live versions of the same tracks in the same sequence as the original. This is not a live recording of one show. The individual tracks of the live version were recorded at different shows throughout the band’s May 2013 US tour: Houston and San Antonio (TX), Lincoln (NE), Indianapolis (IN) and Fargo (ND). The stunning artwork displays the four Indian heads from the original package in all their colorful beauty: one for each side.
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With Into Another and The Mike Dillon Band
With Into Another and Lionize
With The Sword and Crobot
**The Sword not on this date**
AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
Holiday Tour Dates:
12/26: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
12/28: Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
12/29: Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
12/30: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
12/31: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
A full list of tour dates and links to purchase tickets can be found below.
CLUTCH will kick off the October leg of the “Earth Rocker” tour, October 25 in Hampton Beach, NH. Immediately followed by a festival appearance in Virginia Beach, VA at “Localpalooza” on October 26. Support on the shows from October 27 through November 23 will be provided by The Sword and American Sharks.
Look for the CLUTCH song “Electric Worry” to be featured in the upcoming TV trailers for the new movie “Machete Kills“, the sequel to “Machete” starring Danny Trejo. The movie is out October 11 in North America.
CLUTCH has signed on with Fox Sports to use the song “The Regulator” in their programming. The song will be used during Fox’s coverage of College Football, MLB, NFL and NASCAR.
Additionally, the song “Crucial Velocity” will be featured in the mobile version of Need For Speed, which will be released in February 2014.
- CLUTCH Postpone September Tour Dates (theweldingroom.com)
- REVOCATION Crack the Billboard Top 200 (theweldingroom.com)
- THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Announce Headlining Tour (theweldingroom.com)
Max Cavalera is the walking embodiment of creative energy, of all of the diverse layers of urgency that are possible from that select few whose artistic output defines genres. Mystic shaman, protest singer, revolutionary hero, everyday metalhead, furious consumer of heavy music of all shades, husband, father, leader, songwriter… Cavalera reigns as the adoptive tribal chief of a generation of fans, stretching from the roughest slums of South America to the coldest confines of Russia. Anywhere that people are disenfranchised, the songs of SOULFLY serve as their anthems.
Armed with Cavalera’s four-stringed guitars, unmistakable growl and instantly recognizable riffage, the muddy tones and constant rhythmic bounce of SOULFLY has retained its gritty edge while pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in metal. Savages represents a career-defining moment, solidifying the lineup with longtime lead guitarist Marc Rizzo (who has been in SOULFLY almost as long as Max was in SEPULTURA), bassist Tony Campos (STATIC X, MINISTRY, PRONG) and Max’s 21 year-old Zyon, who splits his time between drumming in LODY KONG and now SOULFLY.
“All of the things that make SOULFLY killer are combined in Savages,” Max declares.
Savages melds the most brutal, the heaviest and overall the most vibrant components that made up each record in SOULFLY’s diverse catalog. By Max’s own account, Savages is possessed of the tribal groove of the first two SOULFLY albums, particularly in songs like ‘Bloodshed’, ‘Ayatollah of Rock ‘N’ Rolla’ and ‘Master of Savagery’. But there’s also the thrash metal that was found on DARK AGES and OMEN; whereas the CAVALERA CONSPIRACY records contain short, punky bursts, the new SOULFLY record gets into the epic length territory of early METALLICA. The death metal vibe of SOULFLY’s Enslaved emerges in songs like ‘Fallen’ and ‘Cannibal Holocaust’.
“I really like the name Savages. I like single words that sound powerful, like ‘Primitive’, ‘Roots’, ‘Arise’,” Max explains.
“It’s about the human condition right now. We have the Internet and we’re working on missions to Mars, but we are still decapitating each other and blowing up marathons. We’re still savages. Even with technology and how far we’ve come in the world, our spirit is still that of a savage.”
A trailblazing pioneer and musician with millions of albums sold who nevertheless retains boundless street cred due to his grimy, raw and undeniable authenticity; Max Cavalera is one of the most prolific artists the realm of heavy music has ever known. There’s CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, which reunited Max with his brother and former bandmate, Igor Cavalera. There was the brutal attack of NAILBOMB, Max’s collaboration with Alex Newport from FUDGE TUNNEL, which included members of DEAD KENNEDYS, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY, BIOHAZARD and NEUROSIS on-stage. There’s his forthcoming band with members of THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, MASTODON and THE MARS VOLTA. Of course, there’s Max’s unassailable work as SEPULTURA’s founder, leading the Brazilian band from their badass lo-fi beginnings, through their era of sophisticated thrash classics, up through the cultural landmark that is ‘Roots’.
SOULFLY began almost instantaneously after his departure from the band he founded. The eponymously titled debut Soulfly sold over 500,000 copies in the United States alone, further expanding upon the tribal foundation of ‘Roots’ with percussive instrumentation, forays into esoteric sounds and multiple guest performers. Across the seven albums and never-ending tours that followed, Max worked with a who’s-who of the heavy music scene as band mates, guest musicians and touring members, including guys from SLIPKNOT, SLAYER, MEGADETH, DEFTONES, RADIOHEAD, STONE SOUR, CYPRESS HILL, MACHINE HEAD, DEVILDRIVER, FEAR FACTORY, MORBID ANGEL, THROWDOWN, S.O.D., SKINDRED, BORKNAGAR, WILL HAVEN and CATTLE DECAPITATION, among others.
In addition to Max’s own self-production, a number of important producers have lent their skills to SOULFLY, including Roots producer Ross Robinson (KORN, AT THE DRIVE-IN), Toby Wright (Ozzy Osbourne, SLAYER), Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE), ex-SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, GORJIA) and Zeuss (HATEBREED, SUICIDE SILENCE) and Terry Date (PANTERA, DEFTONES).
Cavalera asked Date, who had mixed for SOULFLY in the past, to produce the new album. Once studio time with the legendary producer was on the calendar, Max kicked into high gear with the material. Max and Zyon worked on the songs that would comprise Savages at home.
“Zyon came up to me and said, ‘Give me a shot. I’ll play on the record for you. I won’t let you down,” explains the elder Cavalera. “I went into a room with him to jam and it felt great. So I said, ‘Fuck yeah, let’s do it!”
Generally on a SOULFLY album, the drummers would learn the songs in the studio, based on demo recordings from Max. This time, Max had the luxury of working out the songs at home with Zyon.
“We jammed every single day for a month. He knew 90% of the material already when we got into the studio. It reminded me of recording the old Sepultura stuff, like Arise and Chaos A.D., Igor knew exactly what he was going to do before we went into the studio. This was very similar.”
Cavalera says he must’ve written at least 1,000 riffs specifically for Savages.
“The killer riff is what hooks the whole song together,” he says. “For me the writing process is about finding the most killer riffs possible. It’s a battle; sometimes I struggle with the guitar for hours. You have to throw it down on the floor and take a break. Come back a few hours later. ‘Let’s try this again, motherfucker!’ Grab it again and go to battle, go to war with the guitar until you get the right riffs.”
Max points to BLACK SABBATH’s ‘Symptom of the Universe’ as one of the penultimate riffs of all time, citing SABBATH’s Tony Iommi and METALLICA frontman James Hetfield as among the riff-masters he most admires.
“I think of riff making as an art-form. I take it really seriously. I think it deserves more attention. It has such value.”
Speaking of riffs, Rizzo came into the band a decade ago and his love of thrash metal, death metal and collaborative spirit has energized Max ever since.
“When Marc entered Soulfly, it was a drastic change. He’s the guitar player I’ve been looking for my whole life. Andreas [Kisser] and I really clicked when we worked together. I never had that again after that. We had other guys that were cool, but it was never 100% there. When Marc came in, I found it! We’ve developed a great bond since.”
Rizzo particularly shines on the opening track on Savages, ‘Bloodshed.’
“There’s stuff all over the song – clean guitars, feedback – he just makes the song better.”
Campos has a lengthy resume in the world of metal and Max says they bonded over their shared Latino heritage, among other things.
“I had this idea about this guy Vargas, a Venezuelan cannibal, they call him ‘El Comegente.’ He’s the Hannibal Lecter of the Andes. We both read about it. Tony sings some of it in Spanish and I sing in Portuguese. He’s a great bass player too, fucking amazing. Killer bass tones, distortion, all balls-out metal. He keeps this shit real heavy, great tone. It’s great recording with guys who know what they’re doing. I don’t have to ask if they know.”
Max acknowledges the inherent risk in putting a 21 year-old behind the kit for such an important record, but it was a risk he absolutely wanted to take.
“To have my son drumming on the album, that’s killer. I like risks. I like to start shit up and see what happens. Even if I fail, at least I knew I tried. Rather than knowing I didn’t try at all. To me, that’s the bigger failure. It took a little bit of courage to put my son on it. I came to the studio and told Terry there was a young drummer who doesn’t play to a click. Terry knew what to do and Zyon did great. The drums sound amazing.”
Like all things Max Cavalera, does SOULFLY’s Savages is a family affair. Not only does it mark Zyon’s recorded debut with the band, but one of Max’s other kids throws down some vocals in the opening track, ‘Bloodshed’.
“My son Igor has a killer punk rock voice that reminds me of the old CORROSION OF CONFORMITY days,” Max says.
“The chorus has this old punk style riff, almost like a MISFITS type riff. His voice is killer.”
Like every SOULFLY album, Savages contains an impressive guest list comprised of veterans and up-and-comers. CLUTCH’s Neil Fallon turns up on ‘Ayatollah of Rock ‘N’ Rolla’, the title of which was inspired by Mel Gibson’s classic Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior movie. Jamie Hanks from I DECLARE WAR brought his high and low deathcore vocals to ‘Fallen’, a death metal oriented song Max says is in the vein of CANNIBAL CORPSE.
Mitch Harris from NAPALM DEATH contributed vocals to ‘K.C.S.’ Harris has been around the Cavalera’s long enough that there are videos of him changing Zyon’s diapers when SOULFLY’s new drummer was just one month old.
“Mitch came to the studio just to hang out during a day off from tour,” Max explains. “I’m like, ‘You ready to sing some shit on this record?’ I put him on the spot. He’s like, ‘Right now?’ I said, ‘Fuck yeah, let’s do it!’ There was one point where we were recording together where he did a scream and I saw his eyeball popping out of his face like a cartoon. I was like, ‘Dude that was the most metal thing I’ve seen in a long time.”
Even as Max continues to consume new music from band like NINE INCH NAILS, MAN MUST DIE, TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED and I DECLARE WAR, even as he revisits seminal material from METALLICA, SLAYER, C.O.C. and the like, and indulges his penchant for world music, and gets his hands in his other projects and collaborations, it all adds up to a singular, distinct, straightforward and riff-heavy machine known as SOULFLY.